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Popular Tyranny: Sovereignty and Its Discontents in Ancient Greece
The nature of authority and rulership was a central concern in ancient Greece, where the figure of the king or tyrant and the sovereignty associated with him remained a powerful focus of political and philosophical debate even as Classical Athens developed the world's first democracy. This collection of essays examines the extraordinary role that the concept of tyranny pla ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by University of Texas Press
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As in all edited volumes, there are good and there bad articles in "Popular Tyranny". There are points of convergence and dissident tendencies; ideas that have a meaning and a purpose, others that have not. The volume spins around the concept of tyranny in the Athenian 5th century BCE when no such possibility could become a political reality. It tells an ideological story of how the fear or the desire of tyranny created a nuanced political vocabulary that changed according to the context. Of par ...more